Beginning February 1, 2014, TDLR will no longer accept new requests to perform Architectural Barriers plan reviews. The private market already performs 97% of the required plan reviews, and this move will free up TDLR staff to focus on auditing while creating more opportunities for private sector Registered Accessibility Specialists (RAS).
The RAS program is an example of a very successful “public-private partnership.” The 500-plus private sector RASs licensed by TDLR are more than capable of handling the additional workload, and TDLR welcomes the opportunity to help increase their business. This move aligns with TDLR’s principle of “Smaller, Smarter Government” and TDLR’s Core Values of Innovation and Customer Service.
You will need to contact a RAS to perform the plan review. If you need to find a RAS, you may search for RASs on TDLR’s website. Select ‘Registered Accessibility Specialist’ from the “Inquire by License Type” drop-down box. You can narrow your search by including city, county, or zip code information.
If you have paid multiple fees with your registration, TDLR will process a refund for the plan review and inspection fees only. Please contact us for additional information.
Should you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact Customer Service at
512-463-6599, toll-free in Texas at 800-803-9202, or relay Texas – TDD at 800-735-2989.
TDLR issued five new Technical Memorandums to provide guidance and clarifications about the requirements of the 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards:
- TM 2013-19 (70kb PDF), Private Toilet and Bathing Rooms
- TM 2013-20 (60kb PDF), Valet Parking
- TM 2013-21 (138kb PDF), Employee Work Areas
- TM 2013-22 (70kb PDF), Storage (Kitchens and Kitchenettes)
- TM 2013-23 (70kb PDF), Storage (Not in Kitchens or Kitchenettes)
The 2014 schedule for Texas Accessibility Academy (TAA) sessions has been finalized. Attendance at the Academy requires pre-registration. The Registration Form (120kb PDF) must be accompanied by the $150.00 tuition fee prior to the TAA to reserve attendance. TDLR does not accept credit cards at this time for the TAA. Complete the form and send it to: TDLR, PO Box 12157, Austin, TX 78711.
Vacancy on Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee -
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) announces a vacancy on the Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee (Committee) established by Texas Government Code, Chapter 469. The pertinent rules may be found in 16 TAC §68.65. The purpose of the Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) in adopting rules.
The Committee is composed of nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval. The Committee consists of building professionals and persons with disabilities who are familiar with architectural barrier problems and solutions. Members serve at the will of the Commission. This announcement is for the position of a person with a disability who is familiar with architectural barrier problems and solutions.
Interested persons should submit an application on the Department website. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800-803-9202), fax (512-475-2874) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applicants may be asked to appear for an interview; however any required travel for an interview would be at the applicant's expense.
Online AB Project Registration and Payment Available - TDLR accepts AB project registration payment online, using a credit or debit card.The online payment option allows a TDLR project number to be assigned immediately and ensures the property/facility owner can conveniently register their project in accordance with Texas AB law and AB administrative rules. AB projects may still be registered by downloading, completing and submitting by mail a Project Registration Form with the applicable fees to TDLR. For more information please email email@example.com or call (512) 463-6599 or (877) 278-0999.
Beginning February 1, 2013, TDLR no longer accepts new requests to perform Architectural Barriers (AB) inspections. While TDLR may continue to conduct some public sector AB inspections for state leases and other state agencies, the agency is getting entirely out of the private market, which already performs 96% of the required inspections. This will free up TDLR inspectors to focus on inspections that are best performed by agency staff, and creates more opportunity for the private sector Registered Accessibility Specialists (RAS). The RAS program is an example of a very successful “Public-Private Partnership.” The 400-plus private-sector RAS’s licensed by TDLR are more than capable of handling the additional workload, and TDLR welcomes the opportunity to help increase their market share. This move aligns with TDLR’s credo of “Smaller, Smarter Government” and TDLR’s Core Values of Innovation and Customer Service.
Keep your address current with TDLR
The Texas Board of Architectural Examiners’ June newsletter includes an article reminding architectural barrier project registrants to contact the Registered Accessibility Specialist. Read TBAE’s article
Technical Memorandum 2012-01 (TM 2012-01) Electric Vehicle Charging Stations - memorandum applicable to electric vehicle charging stations re-issued due to the adoption of the 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS).
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